I have 3 white silkie bantams, and they appear to be pretty healthy, but they do not like their food very much. I feed them Nutrena Laying Pellets and some Scratch Grains, and I even offer some oyster shells at times. They are extremely spoiled and would always eat their chick starter with no problem, but since I've changed them to the layer pellets, they have not eaten as much. They are a little over 40 weeks and would have the scratch grains over the layer pellets, but I do not understand this. When I take them and put them in the yard to stretch, they eat all the grass they can until their crops are packed, but they never do this with their actual food. I have never had this problem with my other chickens. When they are just fed the layer pellets and the scratch grains, their poop seems to turn very watery with green chunks that resemble the pellets. When they have access to grass, it slowly begins to look normal again. One a side note, one of the silkie hens seems to have thick mucous in her mouth at times and seems to be more affected with the chunky, watery poop. Her nostrils are clear and does not gasp for air at all. However, when she is picked up and struggles to get down, it seems that she has trouble breathing (she opens her mouth every couple seconds). When I put her down, she is fine, but she constantly acts like she is drinking, assuming that she is trying to swallow the mucous. She is still laying, but not as much as her sister. She drinks a lot of water, and acts just like any other chicken, so any help would be great on either or both of the different issues.